Virginia Eubanks

New America Fellow

Virginia Eubanks is a Class of 2016 & 2017 New America Fellow. Through her fellowship she pursued a three-year research study into digital privacy, economic inequality and data-based discrimination. Funded by the Digital Trust Foundation, this project engages a team of grassroots organizations—The Center for Community Transitions (Charlotte, North Carolina), Allied Media Projects (Detroit, Michigan), and Los Angeles Community Action Network/Stop LAPD Spying (Los Angeles, California)—to examine and address the collection, storage, and sharing of personal data in poor and working-class neighborhoods across the U.S. Eubanks writes for The Nation, The American Prospect, and Equal Future and founded a social justice organization focused on technology and economic justice, the Popular Technology Workshops. She is the author of Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age and co-editor of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith.

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Automating Inequality

A new book by Virginia Eubanks says new technology for social assistance can further disconnect the poor and rehash old narratives.

Dismantling the Digital Poorhouse

MPPF Myacah Sampson wrote a review of National Fellow Virginia Eubanks' new book, Automating Inequality.

How big data is helping states kick poor people off welfare

Virginia Eubanks was interviewed in Vox about her new book, Automating Inequality:

The Rise of 'Digital Poorhouses'

Virginia Eubanks was interviewed by CityLab to discuss her new book, Automating Inequality:

Automating Inequality

Virginia Eubanks investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people.

A Child Abuse Prediction Model Fails Poor Families

WIRED printed an excerpt from Virginia Eubanks' book, "Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor."

The Digital Poorhouse

Virginia Eubanks had a lengthy excerpt of her new book, Automating Inequality, published in the January edition of Harper's Magazine:

My Drowning City Is a Harbinger of Climate Slums to Come

Virginia Eubanks wrote for the Nation about drowning cities, and future climate slums.

A Tale of Four Algorithms

Each of these government algorithms is supposed to stop fraud and waste. Which works better—the one aimed at the poor or the rich?

Want to Cut Welfare? There’s an App for That.

The modernization project arrived in Muncie, the largest city in the first pilot area, a year after its launch. System failures were immedia

The Weekly Wonk: We're All in the Poverty Fight

Poverty affects far more of us that we might perceive.

In Poverty, No Privacy?

Most Americans consider the right to privacy a right of citizenship, but families within the public benefits system can't.